Cargill is recalling a number of products containing Jiff peanut butter due to potential salmonella contamination.
According to the recall notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration, Cargill’s voluntary recall includes some of its milk and dark chocolate-covered Peanut Butter Ritz Crackers, Peanut Butter Meltway and Peanut Butter Eggs and Fudge.
Affected products were sold at Wilbur Chocolate retail stores in Lititz, Pennsylvania, and online at wilberbuds.com from early February to late March.
Cargill is not aware of any reported illness associated with the aforesaid recalled products. However, “there is an outbreak associated with consumption of peanut butter,” according to the recall.
On May 20, the JM Smucker Company voluntarily recalled select Jiff Peanut Butter products that were sold across the United States amid outbreaks of Salmonella Seinftenberg infection.
So far 14 people have fallen ill and two others have been admitted to the hospital.
However, according to the CDC, the actual number of sick people is likely to be “much higher” than the 14 currently being reported.
Federal health officials are investigating an outbreak that linked certain Gif products produced at the company’s facility in Lexington, Ky., according to the FDA.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a notice about the investigation, “Epidemiological and laboratory data suggest that some Jif brands of peanut butter may be contaminated with Salmonella senfenberg and are making people sick.” ”
The JM Smucker Company told Fox Business it was “convinced” that it had precisely defined the scope of the recall and that the incident was isolated to its Lexington manufacturing facility.
According to the company, none of its other products or peanut-butter producing facilities have been affected in any way.
Symptoms of salmonella can include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. However, according to the FDA, the organism can cause “serious and sometimes fatal infections” in young children, frail or elderly people, and other people with weakened immune systems.